These guided hikes and special programs let you learn about the natural and cultural history of the park, including plants, wildlife, geology and the different peoples who have called this part of Northern Colorado home. Registration is required, so please call the Visitor’s Center at 493-1623.  Participants are asked to bring clothing layers appropriate to the weather and time of day, a water bottle, insect repellent and to wear closed-toe supportive shoes.  For night programs, please bring a flashlight with a red lens.


Sept. 16 Campfire Night: Wildlife, Stories and S’Mores! 6 to 9 p.m. at Soldier Canyon Group Picnic Area. Campfire tales, nature games and delicious S’mores! Ages 8 and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sept. 22 Full Moon Hike. 6 to 10 p.m. Hike the Timber Trail Loop by the full moon. Learn about Lory’s nighttime wildlife, it’s natural and cultural history and enjoy the beginning of the Fall season. Rating: Difficult. 3 miles  Ages 10 and up. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Eltuck Group Picnic Area.

Sept. 30 Well Gulch Nature Trail 9 am to noon “What  Bird is that?” Always wanted to explore the incredible world of birds but not sure how to start? Or, do you have a child who is fascinated by birds and wants to learn more?  Come join us at Lory State Park for a talk about birding gear, guides, visual and auditory identification tips and online resources. Then, take that new knowledge on the trail for a beginning birder’s hike along the Well Gulch Nature Trail. Co-hosted by Lory State Park and Fort Collins Audubon Society. Ages 8 and up. Under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and space is limited. Call (970) 493-1623 and speak to Kelli Pauling, Park Naturalist; or email


This program is for preschool aged children– ages three to six years — and their accompanying adult. Programs are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at the visitor’s Center. Registration is required. Call the Visitor’s Center at 493-1623 to register. This program has concluded for the 2018 season but will begin again in June 2019.


The Lory State Park Junior Ranger Program is suitable for children aged seven to twelve and gives participants an awareness of the environmental, historical and cultural assets of the park and Northern Colorado.

To become a Junior Ranger, participants must complete a list of activities or adventures from the Junior Ranger activity book and/or attend at least one hosted environmental education programs. Once participants have completed enough of the exercises to be awarded either a patch or a badge, they head to the Visitor Center where a Ranger will review their work and swear them in as a Junior Ranger! This program has concluded for the 2018 season but will begin again in June 2019. 

Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist Training Classes

The Lory Interpretive Naturalist Volunteer Program was initiated in Fall 2017. The training is free, open to anyone 18 years of age or older, but open to a limited number of applicants. Volunteers are provided with a foundation for assisting with the Park’s environmental education programs and teamed with experienced volunteer naturalists for on-the-job training. With lectures, field work and a free, information-loaded training manual, volunteers learn about the park’s natural and cultural history, wildlife and plant biology and identification skills and interpretation and presentation techniques. Interested volunteers should contact the Lory State Park Naturalist and Environmental Educator at